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Penalty Violation Examples

Information from the NASCAR Rule Book.  This information is unofficial and may not be current.

10.5.1 – Some guiding principles relative to Penalties that are issued for technical infractions include:

  • Any infraction that was undetected during any prior inspection(s) is still an infraction regardless. In most cases, however, NASCAR will not retroactively issue a separate Penalty for previous Events that occurred prior to the Competition in which the infraction was detected, except in circumstances such as where components may have been sealed, etc.
  • The responsibility for full compliance with the Rules on or of any and all elements provided by, leased, purchased, etc. by third-party suppliers, and/or from other teams or former teams lies solely with the team that has entered the vehicle in the Event.
  • Any element(s) that constitute Rules infractions may be confiscated by NASCAR. NASCAR will address requests for the return of confiscated elements on a case-by-case basis.

B. The issuance of a Penalty by NASCAR is not a reflection on any sponsor affiliated with an affected team, driver, or Member, nor on the racing organization that fielded the vehicle, nor on any of the individuals employed by that organization, nor on the auto manufacturer, nor on those who were specifically named in the Penalty.

C. A Race Disqualification, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Safety, or Code of Conduct Penalty Notice issued under the scope of this Section may be appealed as outlined in Section 11 Appeals to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel and Final Appeal Officer and further appealed under that same Section. Both the National Motorsports Appeals Panel, upon the initial hearing, and the Final Appeals Officer, if on further appeal, are empowered to modify a specific Penalty Notice that was issued under this Section if they determine that the specific circumstances of the infraction(s) under their review warrant such modification. However, neither the National Motorsports Appeals Panel nor the Final Appeal Officer are empowered to re-run any Event, or to re-write any Rules in this Rule Book, or to re-write this general scope of Penalties. Only NASCAR has the authority to re-write the Rules in the Rule Book. Accordingly, if either the National Motorsports Appeals Panel or the Final Appeal Officer determine that the specific circumstances surrounding a specific infraction(s) warrants the modification of that specific Penalty Notice, such modification on their part will have no bearing on this Section, or on any future Penalties NASCAR may issue under the scope of this Section, even if for the same type of infraction(s).

D. The NASCAR Deterrence System has evolved over many years. Accordingly, Penalties that were issued in the past have factored into the evolution of the current NASCAR Deterrence System. Be advised however that, if NASCAR determines that a Penalty should be issued for an infraction, it will use the current General Scope of Penalties (the NASCAR Deterrence System) as outlined in this Rule Book, or as amended from time to time, as the guide.

E. NASCAR will review the NASCAR Deterrence System from time to time and make adjustments as needed. NASCAR welcomes relevant input from any NASCAR Member in this regard. However, any decision to adjust this System will be made solely by NASCAR. If adjustments are made, NASCAR will notify the NASCAR Membership in a timely manner, and will not retroactively adjust any Penalties that had already been issued.

10.5.2 –

A. The following structure generally describes the NASCAR Deterrence System that NASCAR uses as a guideline when determining Penalties. The descriptions outlined in this Section are not meant to be all-encompassing, or to represent an exhaustive list of every imaginable infraction. Rather, they are meant to clearly explain the general levels of Penalties that will be issued for the general levels of infractions, should NASCAR determine that a Penalty will be issued.

B. Every Rule, process, and/or procedure listed in the Rule Book or communicated by NASCAR does fit into one or more of the Penalties outlined in this Section.

10-5.2.1 –

A. Pre-Race violations are subject to penalties being assessed during the course of the Event. The severity of the infraction(s), the timing of when the infraction was detected, and the reoccurrence of the infraction(s) will determine the penalty to be assessed. The penalty for an infraction(s) found Pre-Race and/or In-Race that does not rise to a higher penalty level will be enforced during the current Event or a future Event(s).

B. Penalty options are listed in the Minimum At-Track Penalty Options table and will be issued and enforced at the Series Managing Director’s sole discretion.

Table 10.5.2.1.b Minimum At-Track Penalty Options

MINIMUM AT-TRACK PENALTY OPTIONS*

Loss of hard card Tail of the Field
Loss of Practice time (current or future Event) Lap(s) or time**
Loss of pit selection position Pass-Through**
Crew Member ejection Stop and Go**
Not permitted to make Qualifying attempt

* Penalties are not appealable.

** The penalty must be served after the affected vehicle receives the green flag on-track and pits on the first opportunity. If the Race begins under green/yellow flag conditions, serving the penalty will not be permitted at this time.

C. One or more penalty options may be issued and enforced at the Series Managing Director’s sole discretion as circumstances warrant.

D. If a Member is ejected from an Event, that position(s) on the Team Event Roster cannot be filled. If the crew chief is ejected from an Event, the team must designate a new crew chief from the existing Team Event Roster and communicate the change to the Series Managing Director.

E. Penalty options for a vehicle that does not meet the applicable specifications during Pre-Qualifying and/or Pre-Race inspection are outlined in the following document:
AT-TRACK-PENALTY-PROTOCOL

10.5.2.2 – Level 1 (L1) Penalties and Penalty Options

A. Level 1 (L1) Penalty examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Team sourced parts not meeting the NASCAR Rule Book not rising to a higher Penalty Level.
  • Failure to meet minimum weight Post-Race.
  • Failure to submit and receive approval of parts in accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book.

B. B1 Penalty options are listed in:Table 10.5.2.2 L1 Penalty Options

L1 PENALTY OPTIONS

Infractions resulting in Level 1 Penalties may be found Pre-Race, In-Race, and Post-Race. All L1 Penalties found In-Race and/or during at-track Post-Race inspection shall result in a Race Disqualification. In addition to the Race Disqualification, L1 Penalties may be subject to those listed in the Penalty Options Table. All L1 Penalties found Pre-Race will result in a Penalty(ies) based on the minimum Penalty options. All L1 Penalties found after Post-Race inspection is completed will result in a Penalty(ies) based off the minimum Penalty options and the Race finishing position will not count towards eligibility for the Playoffs, advancement in the Playoffs, eligibility for non-Points Events, and tie breakers.
LEVEL POINTS PLAYOFF POINTS PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY TEAM EVENT ROSTER MEMBER(S) SUSPENSION TEAM EVENT ROSTER POSITION SUSPENSION VEHICLE SUSPENSION FINE
1 20 to 75 1-10 N/A 1-3 Races 1 Position N/A $25,000 -$100,000

10.5.2.3 – Level 2 (L2) Penalties and Penalty Options

A. Level 2 (L2) Penalties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Modifications to Next Gen Single Source vendor supplied parts and/or assemblies not rising to an L3 Penalty.
  • Failure to meet the engine seal requirements.
  • Major external engine parts, not part of the long block, that differ from what is required by the Rules.
  • Anything that alters or affects the engine control system wiring harness and/or the certified engine control system wiring sub-harnesses.
  • Onboard electronics not approved in advance by NASCAR.
  • Violation of the Vehicle Testing Policy not rising to a higher Level.

B. L2 Penalty options are listed in:Table 10.5.2.3 L2 Penalty Options

L2 PENALTY OPTIONS

Infractions resulting in Level 2 Penalties may be found Pre-Race, In-Race, and Post-Race. All L2 Penalties found In-Race and/or during at-track Post-Race inspection shall result in a Race Disqualification. In addition to the Race Disqualification, L2 Penalties may be subject to those listed in the Penalty Options Table. All L2 Penalties found Pre-Race will result in a Penalty(ies) based on the minimum Penalty options. All L2 Penalties found after Post-Race inspection is completed will result in a Penalty(ies) based off the minimum Penalty options and the Race finishing position will not count towards eligibility for the Playoffs, advancement in the Playoffs, eligibility for non-Points Events, and tie breakers.
LEVEL POINTS PLAYOFF POINTS PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY TEAM EVENT ROSTER MEMBER(S) SUSPENSION TEAM EVENT ROSTER POSITION SUSPENSION VEHICLE SUSPENSION FINE
2 75-120 10-25 N/A 4-6 Races 1-2 Positions N/A $100,000-$250,000

10.5.2.4 – Level 3 (L3) Penalties and Penalty Options

A. Level 3 (L3) Penalties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Counterfeiting or modifying Next Gen Single Source vendor supplied parts and/or assemblies.
  • Engine infractions (e.g. cubic inch displacement, compression ratio, long block assembly, and/or internal parts) not meeting the Rules.
  • Engine performance enhancements (e.g. nitrous oxide, vacuum leaks, etc.).
  • ECU/EFI parts not being used as the Rules permit.
  • Altering/modifying tires and/or fuel.
  • Violating the Vehicle Testing Policy.

B.L3 Penalty options are listed in:Table 10.5.2.4 L3 Penalty Options

L3 PENALTY OPTIONS

Infractions resulting in Level 3 Penalties may be found Pre-Race, In-Race, and Post-Race. All L3 Penalties found In-Race and/or during at-track Post-Race inspection shall result in a Race Disqualification. In addition to the Race Disqualification, L3 Penalties may be subject to those listed in the Penalty Options Table. All L3 Penalties found Pre-Race will result in a Penalty(ies) based on the minimum Penalty options. All L3 Penalties found after Post-Race inspection is completed will result in a Penalty(ies) based off the minimum Penalty options and the Racing finishing position will not count towards eligibility for the Playoffs, advancement in the Playoffs, eligibility for non-Points Events, and tie breakers.
LEVEL POINTS PLAYOFF POINTS PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY DRIVER AND/OR TEAM OWNER TEAM EVENT ROSTER MEMBER(S) SUSPENSION TEAM EVENT ROSTER POSITION SUSPENSION VEHICLE SUSPENSION FINE
3 120-180 25-50 No 6 Races 1-2 Positions 1 $250,000-$500,000

10.5.2.5 – Race Disqualification Penalties

A. All Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Penalties found In-Race and/or during at-track Post-Race Inspection shall result in a Race Disqualification. Examples of these Penalties can be found in Section 10.5.2 Determination of Penalties.

B. Penalties for Race Disqualification will result in the re-ordering of the Race results as outlined in Section 12.4.1 Driver’s and Team Owner’s Points, and shall include the following:

  • Points:
    • Last place Driver and Team Owner Points.
    • Loss of Stage Points.
    • Loss of Playoff Points.
  • Last place finishing position Race purse per the applicable Team Owner Agreement and In-Race contingency and special awards per the Official Entry Blank.